Ludington Area Center for the Arts
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Cheryl Gould & Linda Sandow's 'Two Artists From Vicksburg' exhibit on display through Sept. 28

On display in LACA’s performance hall gallery during the month of September is  Cheryl Gould and Linda Sandow’s ‘Two Artists from Vicksberg’ exhibit.

Sandow and Gould met in 1979 and ultimately taught in the same building, Vicksburg Middle School, with Sandow in English and Gould in art. Neither resides in the Kalamazoo area anymore, but their love of art binds their friendship.

Wildflowers and watercolors have always fascinated Gould, so when it came time to retire those two interests naturally melded. She and her husband and moved North to Mecosta County where he can hunt for turkeys and deer and I can hunt for wildflowers. I love to hike and bike through the woods to see what is blooming. I was fortunate to be able to participate in a workshop with Nita Engle before she retired. Her techniques enabled me to begin to tackle painting the complexity and depth of nature. Native wildflowers and their habitat became my primary subject matter, as I want to share my discoveries in the woods with those that might not otherwise see, or appreciate, them.

Gould enjoyed a thirty-year career as art instructor, especially the energy and growing sophistication of the middle school students. 

Sandow, a Ludington resident, is a retired teacher, writer and self-taught artist. She volunteers and teaches at LACA where she is a member of the Ludington Writers and the center’s art critique group as well as a regular performer at LACA’s Open Mic nights. 

Her favorite medium is acrylic with recent work done with palette knives.  The cover of her historical novel, Jacob Castle and Gliding Swan: The Story of a Mennonite Man and Shawnee Woman, is an acrylic painting of her brother Phillip as Jacob and sister Phyllis as Gliding Swan. Events of the book are based on her maternal family’s history during the 1700’s.

Mason County area artist John Marek will display artwork in the center’s Unframed Gallery. Marek’s exhibit ‘People, Places and Things features drawings of everyday subjects that have caught the eye of the artist.